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Advising Staff

  • Sarah Spear-Barrett - Dean of Academic Advising

    Sarah Spear-Barrett - Dean of Academic Advising

    Sarah, a UC San Diego Revelle College graduate with a degree in Sociology, began her career as an Orientation Leader and Intern at Revelle College. She earned a Masters Degree in Education with a Concentration in Counseling from San Diego State University while working full time. She worked at the ASUCSD, Revelle College, Muir College, and came to ERC in 1995 as a Senior Academic Counselor and then continued from there all the way to Dean of Academic Advising. Her favorite part about her work is mentoring the staff and implementing the advising mission of providing care and support for ERC students while helping the explore all of the options available. One of her joys is seeing students graduate who needed a little extra support and help along the way. In her spare time, she loves to be with her husband and her three sons and enjoys the beach, friends, watching her youngest play baseball and listening to college tales of her older two sons (one of whom is a TMC student, the other attends UCI).   Her advice to students is “make the most of every opportunity inside and outside of the classroom, UC San Diego is a great place.”
  • Melissa Ellew - Assistant Dean of Advising

    Melissa Ellew - Assistant Dean of Advising

    Melissa graduated from UC San Diego's Revelle College with a B.A. in Communication.  As a student, she worked for the Academic Internship Program and found that she liked working with students so much, she came back to work at UC San Diego and is currently ERC’s Assistant Dean of Advising.  After taking some time off school (highly recommended) and while working (a bit more challenging), she completed her M.A. in Higher Education Leadership at the University of San Diego. She finds helping students transition to UC San Diego to be very fulfilling and enjoys meeting with students. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
  • Baramee Peper Anan (Peper) - Senior Academic Counselor

    Baramee Peper Anan (Peper) - Senior Academic Counselor

    Peper graduated with a B.A in Communication and a minor in Psychology from UC San Diego's Thurgood Marshall College in 2006. During his time at UC San Diego, Peper was involved in various student organizations, most of which were related to the Campus Community Centers (LGBT Resource Center, Cross-Cultural Center, and Women’s Center). He went on to earn an M.A. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University in 2009 where he worked in a variety of assistantships and internships in different departments, including Student Conduct, Residential Life, and Career Services. He has been an Academic Counselor at UC San Diego since 2009 and has been a Senior Academic Counselor at UC San Diego’s Eleanor Roosevelt College since 2012 serving the undergraduate student population on general education requirements, integrating experiential learning into long-term plans, and facilitating students’ progress toward degree completion. His past experiences have given him a deep understanding of how identity, academics, and the college experience play a role in shaping leaders of tomorrow.

    Peper has always cited his UC San Diego undergraduate experience as fundamentally shaping who he is today and as the motivating factor in his pursuit of a career in higher education. He enjoys being able to work at UC San Diego and give back by providing support to students while also challenging them to expand their horizons.

    In addition to working full-time, he is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership under the Joint Doctoral Program offered by UC San Diego and CSU San Marcos to further his passion in advocating for student needs, especially those who are and have been historically and systemically silenced/marginalized.


  • Ivonne Avila - Senior Academic Counselor

    Ivonne Avila - Senior Academic Counselor

    Ivonne, graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in History (United States) and minor in Biology.  She began her advising career as an undergraduate Peer Advisor, and discovered that she loves helping, guiding, mentoring, and teaching students. Throughout her years at UC San Diego, she worked as an undergraduate academic advisor in the departments of: Ethnic Studies, History, and Computer Science and Engineering. She took a three year break from UC San Diego, and worked as an Admissions Evaluator at SJSU. As a first generation graduate, her goal is to provide students with support and knowledge on how to make the most of their experience at UC San Diego.   On her free time, she likes to teach indoor cycling, circuit training, boot camp, play beach volleyball, and spend time with her family.  

  • Lydia Ramirez - Senior Academic Counselor

    Lydia Ramirez - Senior Academic Counselor

    Lydia graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A in Spanish and a minor in Sociology.  She completed her Masters Degree at Point Loma Nazarene University in Education - Counseling and Guidance. As part of Lydia’s graduate work, she was an intern at Barrio Logan College Institute, a program working to motivate underrepresented, first generation students to consider and qualify for post-secondary educational opportunities. She began her advising career as Graduate Advisor at UC San Diego in the department of Engineering. Lydia works closely with our Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program, Black Alumni Scholarship Fund students and the scholarship programs to help students maintain eligibility. Lydia loves working with students. Her goal is to help students achieve their academic and professional goals. During her free time she enjoys spending time with family, friends, her dog, reading and traveling.

  • Lorna Hirae-Reese - Senior Academic Counselor and International Programs Specialist

    Lorna Hirae-Reese - Senior Academic Counselor and International Programs Specialist

    Lorna graduated from the University of Hawaii, Manor with a B.A. in Liberal Studies: Public Relations. From Hawaii to Oregon State University, Lorna received her M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration and ten years later a M.S. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. Lorna started her career at UC San Diego as an Assistant Resident Dean at Revelle College and later held a position as Assistant Dean of Students at Eleanor Roosevelt College. Lorna has also worked at Project Concern International as Volunteer and Intern Coordinator, United States International University in various student affairs roles, and CSU San Marcos as Housing Coordinator. Lorna is passionate about helping students find their way through their life journey. Lorna has the joy of being both a Senior Academic Counselor advising ERC students as well as developing new international, service-learning programs for ERC as the college International Programs Specialist.

  • Tania Herrera - Senior Academic Counselor

  • Gloria Aquino - Academic Counselor

    Gloria Aquino - Academic Counselor

    Gloria began her Academic Advising career at UC Davis. After moving to San Diego in 1991, she joined ERC Academic Advising as an Intake Counselor and later as an Academic Counselor.  She is the coordinator of the Degree Audit and Graduation process and liaison to Veterans Affairs. Gloria truly loves what she does stating “it’s all about the undergrads, I love working with them, laughing and crying with them, sharing the 'aha' moments, seeing them mature, giving them hugs at commencement, hearing them say thank you, and knowing I was briefly part of their lives.” In her time away from ERC Gloria enjoys raising her four boys, cooking, playing piano, attending youth symphony concerts (her twins play the oboe and violin), road trips, the beach, books that make her cry, food network, reality shows, and family gossip!
  • Julie Nguyen - Academic Counselor

    Julie Nguyen - Academic Counselor

    Julie graduated from UC San Diego's Eleanor Roosevelt College with a B.A. in International Business and a B.A. in Communications. During her time as an undergraduate student, Julie was involved as a Freshmen, Transfer, and Senior Orientation Leader for ERC. Additionally, she worked closely with the Chancellor's Associates Scholars Program (CASP) as both a Peer Mentor for incoming freshmen students as well as a Student Office Coordinator for the program's office. She loves working with students and wanted to continue providing support for them as they navigate higher education. In her free time, she loves attending concerts with her friends and trying out new food places! She hopes to start traveling when she has the opportunity in the future.

Peer Advising Staff for 2019 - 2020

  • Francheska Bautista

    Francheska Bautista

    Major: Global Health
    Graduating Quarter: Spring, 2021
    Hometown: Granada Hills, CA
    Years as an ERC Peer Advisor: 2

    Cocurricular Activities: Health & Medical Professions Preparation Program (HMP3)

    Career Goals: Get my Ph.D.! Conduct research on and be an active advocate for my following interests: LGBTQIA+ rights and issues, mental health, human trafficking, and health policy. Maybe even become a professor!

    Advice for 1st and 2nd year students: It's ok to change your mind, major, and life goals! Embrace the college experience and let it change your life. Everyone around you is lost and figuring it out so help each other out!

    Fun Fact: I'm an avid foodie and always in search of good spots!

  • Lauren Dung

    Lauren Dung

    Major: Marine Biology
    Minor: Environmental Systems
    Graduating Quarter: Spring, 2021
    Hometown: San Francisco, CA
    Years as an ERC Peer Advisor: 2

    Cocurricular Activities: Peer Educator at the Academic Integrity Office

    Career Goals: I hope to work at an aquarium doing research, animal husbandry, and conservation.

Advising Student Assistant 

  • Vanessa Redondo

    Vanessa Redondo

    Major: Environmental Chemistry
    Graduating Quarter: Spring, 2020
    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    Years as an ERC Advising Student Assistant: 3